Friday, April 15, 2011

2011 AICUO Awards Reception

AICUO Award Winners (from left to right) Christopher Greathouse, Rose Hermalin, Ken Aschliman, Katherine Richards, Wendy Birchfield, Rachel Shelton, and Anh Hoang Vu hold up their unique physical awards.

The AICUO Awards reception took place last night on the Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) campus. Activities began at 5:00 p.m. with the Student Panel Discussion in the R.W. Corns Building, then proceeded to the finalists' exhibition in the OWU Ross Art Museum.

The reception room boasted a showcase of the six finalists' works, ranging from 3-dimensional media to traditional oil painting, and a central table displaying the physical metal awards. After an interval of mingling and viewing the artwork, Todd Jones, president of AICUO, announced the various winners of the night, beginning with recognition for Caleb Boller, winner of the AICUO Sculpture Design Contest.

Next, Jones revealed the AICUO People's Choice Award winner to be Christopher Greathouse from Denison University. Each winner received a unique metal sculpture as a reward for their accomplishments, a legislative commendation from their hometown, and a prize package from our various in-kind sponsors.

AICUO President Todd Jones (left) with
Grand Award Winner Ken Aschliman

Following the People's Choice Award came the announcement of Ken Aschliman from the Columbus College of Art & Design as the Grand Award Winner. Along with the prizes listed above, Ken also receives a $2,500 cash prize as well as the chance to sell a piece of art to the AICUO office for permanent display.

The other award winners were honored at the reception with a presentation of their award sculpture, commendations and gifts from our sponsors. These winners include:

Wendy Birchfield from The Cleveland Institute of Art
Rose Hermalin from Oberlin College
Anh Hoang Vu from Ohio Wesleyan University
Katherine Richards from The Cleveland Institute of Art
Rachel Shelton from The Cleveland Institute of Art

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Capital Student Testifies on Behalf of OCOG

Christopher Meyer, a freshman at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, heeded the call to action by AICUO staff when public testimony was slated for the House Higher Education Subcommittee this morning.

Christopher is originally from Upper Arlington and had a couple different options when making his choice where to attend college in Ohio. Because of the assistance that OCOG provided him, he chose Capital University to continue his education. He is a biology/pre-med major with a minor in religion. Chairman Randy Gardner (R - Bowling Green) joked that in whichever path Christopher chooses, he will be a healer.

Christopher testified before the five members of the subcommittee in the morning after hearing a few other witnesses before him give testimony on the healthcare pooling initiative within the budget. Members of the committee actually included the State Representative for his institution, Nancy Garland (D - Gahanna), who was very pleased to see a student from her district taking the initiative to do his part in the advocacy for this important program and wished him luck in his future endeavors.

AICUO would like to thank Christopher for his efforts and taking the time from his day to advocate for independent college students in Ohio. Christopher's testimony can be found on the AICUO website, here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Legislators and Presidents Chat Over Breakfast

AICUO held its Legislative Breakfast today to bring Ohio's independent college presidents and legislators together for an informal meet and greet prior to the AICUO/OFIC Spring Meeting. The event was held in the Statehouse Crypt and was well attended by both groups.

Legislators were able to ask questions of their local college presidents regarding their opinion on the as-introduced budget, specifically OCOG, as well as answer any questions the presidents had on local and state issues.

Although the event kicked off at 7:45 am, many were engaged and welcomed the informal group setting, I presume the bountiful coffee and fruit had something to do with that.

After the event, presidents walked to the Westin for the AICUO Spring Meeting to discuss more AICUO issues in depth and hear from the newly-appointed OBR Chancellor, Jim Petro, over lunch.